Review of Our Generation “Movie Night”

I’m really trying not to buy much at the moment until I get this organization project done.  However, once in a while, you come across something that you just don’t want to pass up.  A recent trip to Target yielded two things that fell into this category, both contained items that I’d been looking for.  (Review of other set to come soon!)  Keep in mind I was actually there to get storage containers… 😉

There are several new sets hitting the shelves in the Our Generation line, and one of them is the Movie Night set.  I was super excited to see this set because it not only had a cute bowl of popcorn, but I loved the fact it had a DVD set in doll size!  I’d looked at the American Girl set with the TV and accessories, but passed on it because of the price as well as the fact it had pieces in it I really didn’t need.  This set couldn’t make it into my shopping cart fast enough!

Let’s start with the accessories–a cute bowl of popcorn and a “DVD”.  I thought both of these were very cute, and I was excited to get a doll sized DVD, not just because it was a neat accessory, but now I could actually make some of my own and have a size to go by. My only complaint about any of this is that the bowl of popcorn is rounded on the bottom instead of flat, not sure why, so it tends to move around a bit when you set it on a flat surface.

The pillow that comes with the set is adorable!

On to the outfit!  Here are the shoes.  I think these are very well done.

And the clothing items:

The fit on the clothing is very good.  I was a little concerned about the pants when I first went to put them on, but I didn’t realize that they were more of a stretchy material.  The shirt fits great too, I was even able to get the sleeves on OVER the watch Mimi was wearing.

 

The scarf hooks with a piece of Velcro, it’s a nice added accessory.  And the shoes fit Mimi perfectly, no struggles to get them on at all.

Overall I think this is an adorable outfit, I give it an A!  I think it’s a great addition to any collection and the pieces can be used together or individually.

This outfit is part of their deluxe collection and retails currently for $17.99.

 

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Review of Axe Heaven Miniature Guitar Replicas

A few days ago I posted a story about guitar lessons and in it you probably noticed that Allie and Mimi were playing different guitars than what you’ve seen before.  I stumbled across those guitars a few months ago while doing some online research and was a bit intrigued.  I ordered Allie’s first and was so impressed by it, I decided to get Mimi one as well.

Made by a company called Axe Heaven, there are plenty of details on these little replicas!  They are both cute, but I think the Fender Stratocaster (Allie’s) is better made than the Gretsch Duo Jet (Mimi’s).

According to the Axe Heaven website, these guitars are 1/4 scale.  Here they are side by side with the American Girl acoustic guitars I already have, which would be 1/3 scale.  I think they are actually closer to the AG scale, electric guitars of these two models are just slightly smaller than acoustic guitars.  However, AG has perhaps scaled their down a bit too since they are supposed to be “kids” guitars.  Regardless, they still work well for the dolls.

The detail even carries over to the back!

A close up of some of the Fender details:

And the Gretsch details:

The Gretsch doesn’t have a name actually on it, I think perhaps because of licensing issues.  They seem to have a deal in place with Fender.  Please disregard the fingerprints.  Just like a real black guitar, it’s an issue here too! (which is why I will never own a black guitar for myself. 😉 )  I also wasn’t wild with how the tuning pegs on the Gretsch were a bit wonky, not as well done as the Fender.

Each guitar comes with a stand.  Nice if you want to display them.

I loved the boxes they came in, made to look like guitar cases!  They do sell mini guitar cases for these as well if you really want to go that extra mile.  Straps too, although I found it just as easy to make ones out of ribbon.  It all depends on how accurate you want things to look and how much money you want to spend.

I think these are a great option for anyone who wants to have accurate guitar models for their dolls.   If you go to the Axe Heaven website, they have tons of different ones available.  I got both of these through Amazon though, I found the prices on some models to be better there.  I’ve also seen them on Ebay, but do your homework before you buy, pricing is all over the place, depending on the model and popularity.  Rock on!

The Guitar Lesson

Evil Twin was recently here to visit and Zoe and Raynia came along with her.  While the girls were here, they decided to take Allie up on an offer she made to teach them a few songs on the guitar.  Mimi joined them as well, and they all had a great time!

Allie has been playing the guitar for several years, she started when she was only 7!  She knows how to play all sorts of cool songs, and the girls decided they really wanted to learn a couple of Tom Petty songs.  Allie said that once you learn the basics of Tom Petty songs, it’s pretty easy to get the hang of all of them.  They started out with “You Wreck Me” and moved on to “Yer So Bad”.

 

When the girls had a little trouble with some of the fingerings on a few chords they weren’t used to, she was very good about helping them out.  Zoe was excited to finally get the hang of barre chords!  (If you are a guitar player, you know just how frustrating those can be sometimes. 😉 )

After they got the hang of those two songs, Allie decided it would be fun to teach them a Gin Blossoms song.  They learned how to play “Mrs. Rita” and she gave them some pointers on how to sing and play at the same time.

The last song she taught them was “Til I Hear It From You”.  Zoe, Raynia and Mimi all played the backing parts while Allie did all of the solos.  It sounded really good!

I think the girls all had a good time and look forward to the next time they get together so they can learn more songs!

(And in case you are wondering about Mimi and Allie’s guitars, stay tuned, a review on those is coming in a few days!)